The bestselling author of legal thrillers, Scott Turow, who is also president of the Author’s Guild, wrote an op-ed piece in the New York times, “The Slow Death of the American Author,” that seems to imply that e-books and digital rights issues are the cause of all the publishing industry’s problems. Well, they are. But [...]
The death by suicide of the brilliant Internet innovator Aaron Swartz is a tragedy for him, his family and for the world of information technology.
In his short life – Swartz was only 26 when he killed himself – he’d already done more than most people will ever do over the course of many decades. And [...]
Everything changes, even the unchanging sky (you just have to wait many years for astronomical events to occur).
But in retailing, in publishing, already in the midst of an upheaval brought about by new technologies, that great disrupter Amazon might also be disrupted at some point.
That’s the thinking of Suw Charman-Anderson, who observed in an article [...]
A major book event occurred in today’s New York Times, when that paper’s leading book critic, Michiko Kakutani, reviewed a self-published book.
She praised the book, The Revolution Was Televised by Alan Sepinwall, and called attention to its being self-published. This might not open the floodgates to reviewers (what’s left of them) to consider other self-published [...]
A traditional publisher has seen the rise of self-publishing (or the threat of it) and decided to jump in, sort of. Simon & Schuster has begun a self-publishing arm called Archway Publishing.
The difference is that it’s asking a lot of money of potential authors to “self-publish” their books, with the typical traditional-publishing reasoning that by [...]
Bookstores are striking back against Amazon’s publishing inroads. For example, many won’t be carrying The 4-Hour Chef, the new book by bestselling author Timothy Ferriss, since it’s being published by Amazon.
This is to be expected – Amazon is the enemy for bookstores, since it is so powerful, able to undercut the price that bookstores charge, [...]
Barnes & Noble is trying to make inroads in the British market with its Nook e-reader. Although the chain doesn’t have a significant brick-and-mortar presence there, it sees the future of book-buying and that involves e-books. That’s a good thing.
I’m still surprised that it’s taken so long for traditional publishers to embrace e-books in all [...]
Another print icon will disappear.
Newsweek, the 80-year-old magazine, will stop publishing a print edition at the end of the year, but continue with online versions.
When was the last time you picked up a physical copy of Newsweek? Or Time? Or any number of other newsweeklies?
Probably been a while, and maybe not since your last visit [...]
As a writer, you’re an entrepreneur. If you’re setting pen to paper (in a manner of speaking) you’re trying to create something that you want people to engage with, to buy – you’re building something. You’re an entrepreneur.
Continue to think that way. But think even bigger. Start your own imprint. Be the master of your [...]
Encyclopedia Britannica is not going to be available in physical form any longer, according to a news report. The physical edition is a casualty of the Internet age and of the power of Wikipedia.
Many of the comments about this announcement in The New York Times bemoan the inability to search at random through Internet encyclopedias [...]